Boone County looks for police impersonator

LEBANON, Ind. (WISH) — Boone County Sheriff’s Department is investigating a police impersonator case.

Police received a call about the impersonator being near State Road 75 and County Road 4002, just south of Advance. The victim described the vehicle as a dark-colored Ford Crown Victoria with red and blue dash lights. The impersonator stopped the woman for speeding.

The driver suspected something suspicious when the suspect was not wearing a police uniform, and he wasn’t in a marked vehicle. That’s when the driver asked for another officer, and police say the suspect got back into his car and left.

Deputies have a very vague description of the suspect. He is described as 6 feet tall with dark short hair, wearing dark clothes.

In Indiana, a police officer must be in full uniform or a fully marked squad car to pull anyone over.

Boone County Sheriff Ken Campbell credits the victim with making a life-saving decision.

“She trusted her instincts, which was critical, and she made a good decision,” said Campbell.

In a short interview, Campbell encouraged drivers if they ever suspect they are being pulled over by a police impersonator to call 911.

He also encouraged drivers not to immediately pull over when faced with this disturbing situation. Instead he encourages drivers to turn on their hazard lights and keep driving until you are in a populated area.

“Trust the hairs standing up in the back of your neck,” said Campbell.

Because of cases like this, Justin Shipley, who lives in Boone County, has informed his wife on what to do if approached by a suspected police impersonator.

“I already went over everything with her. If she gets pulled over she knows to go to the police station,” said Shipley.

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